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jessgalchutt ( 2006-12-05 )
A strapping young man with chiseled, handsome looks and a naive, innocent demeanor, this actor's career might just have been hampered by a change of screen names. Actor Douglass Montgomery was born Robert Douglass Montgomery in 1907. On stage in his teens, MGM scouts nabbed him, signed him up, and changed his name to Kent Douglass for films in 1930. With a suitably dashing and romantic presence similar to that of Leslie Howard, the fair-haired young man played second leads opposite some of MGM's powerhouse ladies, including Joan Crawford in Paid (1930) and Katharine Hepburn in Little Women (1933) in which he played the role of Laurie. Just as he was making grounds, his moniker was inexplicably changed to Douglass Montgomery, and he was loaned out to other studios. Although he forged ahead with Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935), Harmony Lane (1935) , in which he portrayed composer Stephen "Suwanee River" Foster, and Bob Hope's comedy classic The Cat and the Canary (1939), by WWII, his career had waned. He enlisted with the Canadian infantry, serving for four years. Montgomery returned but was scarcely noticed. He starred in a few routine British films following this period, then returned to the US for a couple more and some TV work. He died in 1966.
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